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Abstract 1: Smoking and Its Complications Generate Additional Healthcare Charges after Outpatient Plastic Surgery Procedures

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: April 2016 - Volume 4 - Issue 4S - p 2
doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000692
PRS AAPS Oral Proofs 2016

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Michelle R. Sieffert, MD

From the Wright State University, Beavercreek, Ohio.

PURPOSE: Although smoking is associated with postoperative complications, the frequency of complications occurring that require acute hospital care is unknown. We conducted this study to determine whether patients with a history of smoking experience a higher rate of hospital-based acute care and greater healthcare charges after common outpatient plastic surgeries.

METHODS: By using state-level ambulatory surgery data from 4 states, we identified adult patients who underwent common facial, breast, or abdominal contouring procedures from January 2009 to September 2013. Our primary outcomes were hospital based acute care encounters (inpatient admissions and emergency department visits), serious adverse events, and cumulative healthcare charges within 30 days. Multivariate regression models were used to compare outcomes between smokers and nonsmokers.

RESULTS: The final sample included 214,761 patients with 10,426 (4.9%) patients having a smoking history. Compared with patients without a smoking history, those with a smoking history are more likely to have a hospital-based acute care encounter [3.4% vs 7.1%; AOR = 1.36 (1.25–1.48)] or serious adverse event [0.9% vs 2.2%; AOR = 1.38 (1.18–1.60)] within 30 days. On average, these events added $1744 more per case for patients with a smoking history. These findings were consistent when stratified by procedure.

CONCLUSIONS: Patients with a smoking history undergoing outpatient plastic surgery more frequently require hospital-based acute care and generate higher healthcare charges postoperatively. This information may augment surgeon’s discussions of perioperative risk in this population.

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